When hiking the Kepler Track, one of the rangers mentioned that you see the Takahe being fed at the wildlife park. We went along one morning and had a lovely time. We didn't just get to see the Takahe being fed, but were actually allowed into the enclosure and managed to get fairly close to the birds (they run away if you get too close though). The Takahe are endangered, and it was good to hear the conservation programs that are going on to help improve the chances of survival for the bird.
We also followed the ranger as she fed the other birds, such as the Kea and Kaka - it was pretty amazing to be able to get so close. We also helped feed the ducks and geese - my son and the other kids in the group of people that were there loved this part.
It was really interesting to learn that birds like the Kea are highly intelligent and when in captivity need to be challenged when being fed. They receive different 'toys' and have to figure out how to access the food. I saw a notice that invited kids to help think up (and even make) new toys for the birds, which would have been fun if we'd had more time.
A very pleasant morning. Free, too (though you can make a donation)!
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